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The 4th street on ramp to NB 275 is now open in St Pete.  This is great news for anyone driving from  Pinellas County to Hillsborough county over the Howard Frankland Bridge.  The 4th street ramps have been closed for almost 3 years now, since January 2021.  Drivers wanting to get onto 275 NB have had to go around and take Roosevelt Blvd or Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd and enter that way onto 275 northbound.

Today,  the road finally opened up.  According to the Florida Department of Transportation  the northbound ramp is open, however the southbound ramp is still closed.  This is part of the ongoing construction project to build the new Howard Frankland Bridge.  This will help with traffic in north St. Petersburg.

Howard Frankland Bridge Project Construction

Many people drive over the 275 bridge everyday, in fact, 170,000 cars a day do.  The construction has been going on now for a few years, since 2017 and there has been lots of progress.  FDOT officials said by the end of 2025, it’s estimated the new bridge will be complete and we will be driving over it.    There are about 275 workers on the job which costs about $865.3 million.  Each bridge is said to have a service life of up to 80 years. The Howard Frankland Bridge was constructed in 1959, making it 64 years old.

If you haven’t seen pictures of what the new bridge will look like, check out this link on our site.   The new bridge will have a total of eight lanes, four general-purpose lanes and four tolled express lanes.  Two express lanes will travel from St. Petersburg to Tampa and the other two will run from the Tampa side toward St. Petersburg.  The new bridge design will also include a bicycle/pedestrian trail that will connect Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Once the new bridge is built, southbound traffic will move to the new bridge and northbound traffic will move to the existing southbound lanes.

The original northbound bridge will then be removed.

 

What Will The Howard Frankland Bridge Look Like When It's Finished?

What will the Howard Frankland Bridge look like when it’s finished? You have driven over the bridge and you see progress happening. So, when will it be done and what will it look like? According to the Florida Department of Transportation, construction is expected to finish around the end of 2025. It will cost around $865 million.

The FDOT says about the bridge, “This design-build project is building a new southbound/westbound (from Tampa to St. Petersburg) interstate bridge over Old Tampa Bay between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.” They added, “The new bridge will consist of eight lanes; four general use lanes, (Tampa to St. Petersburg) and four Express lanes; two lanes from the St. Petersburg side toward Tampa, two lanes from the Tampa side toward St. Petersburg. A bicycle/pedestrian pathway separated from the roadway will is also included.”

Once the new bridge is built and all traffic is moved the existing northbound/eastbound (St. Petersburg to Tampa) bridge will be removed.

What will the Howard Frankland Bridge look like when it’s finished? Well the Florida Department of Transportation has a artist rendition of the what it will look like. You can also see photos of progress that has been happening with the new bridge below.

  • Artist rendition of overlook w ITS

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Artist rendition of overlook

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Artist rendition with traffic

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in July 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge July 2023

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in July 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge July 2023

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in July 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge July 2023

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in July 2023

    Bridge Construction in Jul 2023

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in May 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in May 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in May 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in May 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in May 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in March 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in March 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in March 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in March 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in January 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in January 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in January 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in January 2023

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo By: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in December 2022

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in December 2022

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in December 2022

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Bridge Construction in November 2022

    Howard Frankland Bridge

    Photo by: Florida Department of Transportation

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